Posts Tagged ‘house demolition’

It’s been more than 20 years since Esteban and I first walked into our house, but the memory is still vivid. The wallpaper and woodwork were yellowed. Brown rings of nicotine stained the ceiling. The puke-green shag carpet reminded me of dead sod — with a path trampled down the middle, to the kitchen. The […]


It’s been four months since I came home from holiday to find a gutted house. At first the repairs were rapid, as the salvage and demolition crews worked side-by-side. But in recent weeks the progress has been slow and full of surprises: Asbestos in the basement, poor plumbing in the kitchen, weird wiring in the […]


On January 28 three friends and I had the privilege of touring the Pommery estate and champagne cellars, which double as a modern art museum. My favorite installation was this “house that rains on the inside.” Little did I know that the exact same thing was happening to my house in Minnesota, probably at the […]